Let’s face it, being stuck in the library isn’t really how students want to spend their college years. Fortunately, we don’t have to.
As the school year slowly picks up pace, several opportunities remain for students to get outside and enjoy the last few weeks of sunshine before the arrival of winter.
Located three miles from Hillsdale College, Baw Beese Lake exists as the perfect location for a break off campus in between study sessions. Just head South on 99 and turn right after the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds.
While providing numerous planned activities and events, Student Activities Board director Anthony Manno encourages people to embrace the outdoors.
“Hopefully we all understand the importance of recreation,” Manno said. “We need to take advantage of what Hillsdale has. I don’t like hearing, ‘Oh there’s nothing to do’. There is so much to do, you just need to know where to look. One of the beautiful things about being in Southwest Michigan is that we have really nice lakes. We need to utilize them.”
Sophomore Emma McCormick has taken use of paddle boarding at Baw Beese twice since her return to Hillsdale this Fall.
“Its really nice to be outside,” McCormick said. “If you don’t make an effort to go outside, it’s really easy to just stay inside all day. Paddle boarding is fun because you can do something slightly active, hang out with friends, be outdoors, soak in the sun, and not do homework.”
Getting outside and being active has become quite popular today.
“Paddle boards are relatively new and I feel like they’ve become a fad recently,” McCormick said. “Especially with all the Instagram hashtags, it’s trendy to be outdoorsy.”
So grab your friends and spend some time enjoying the outdoors with these great activities before the cold arrives.
1. Paddleboarding and Kayaking
If students are interested in renting kayaks or paddleboards, they can check out the paddles at the student union desk before heading to the Hillsdale Country Club at Baw Beese Lake where the college has purchased a dock with three kayaks and three paddle boards.
Want to take a dip in the lake before the frigid ice cold waters of the Polar Plunge? Baw Beese is home to an incredible beach on its North side where people are welcome to swim or simply bask in the late summer sun.
3. Beach Volleyball
Grab some friends and a volleyball and head to the courts at Baw Beese. There are two courts on the North side of the lake, near the beach.
4. Watch the sunset
There is nothing better than ending your day watching the sun set on the lake. Take a deep breath and embrace the beauty before you head back for the late night studying grind.
Join the trend. Head outside.
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